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[dih-pree-shee-eyt] /dɪˈpri ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), depreciated, depreciating.
to reduce the purchasing value of (money).
to lessen the value or price of.
to claim depreciation on (a property) for tax purposes.
to represent as of little value or merit; belittle.
verb (used without object), depreciated, depreciating.
to decline in value.
1640-50; < Late Latin dēpretiātus undervalued (past participle of dēpretiāre, in Medieval Latin spelling dēpreciāre), equivalent to Latin dē- de- + preti(um) price + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
depreciatingly, adverb
depreciator, noun
nondepreciating, adjective
predepreciate, verb, predepreciated, predepreciating.
redepreciate, verb, redepreciated, redepreciating.
undepreciated, adjective
underdepreciate, verb (used with object), underdepreciated, underdepreciating.
Can be confused
deprecate, depreciate (see usage note at deprecate)
4. disparage, decry, minimize.
Usage note
4. See deprecate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for depreciating
  • Cable and phone networks are still depreciating networks built with old technology.
  • They act as a hedge against a depreciating greenback.
  • It can buy foreign exchange, for instance, thereby depreciating the currency and providing support to the economy.
  • Most of the increase came from a change in the method of depreciating the group's nuclear-power stations.
  • Cash-strapped consumers in depreciating houses might respond more forcefully to tax cuts than lower interest rates.
  • Volatile economies, political upheaval and depreciating exchange rates against the euro have conspired to disappoint.
  • Envy is blind and is only clever in depreciating the virtues of others.
  • Meanwhile there is no question of sacrificing or depreciating anything.
  • Mortgage lenders plunge amid missed payments, depreciating home loans.
  • Cash-strapped consumers in depreciating houses might respond more forcefully to tax cuts than lower interest rates.
British Dictionary definitions for depreciating


to reduce or decline in value or price
(transitive) to lessen the value of by derision, criticism, etc; disparage
Derived Forms
depreciatingly, adverb
depreciator, noun
depreciatory (dɪˈpriːʃɪətərɪ; -trɪ), depreciative, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin dēpretiāre to lower the price of, from Latin de- + pretiumprice
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Word Origin and History for depreciating



mid-15c., from Latin depretiatus, past participle of depretiare "to lower the price of, undervalue," from de- "down" (see de-) + pretium "price" (see price (n.)). Related: Depreciated; depreciating; depreciatory.

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